Mt. Penn Jr./Sr. High
25th and Filbert Sts. - Mt.
Penn, Pa. 19606
JURASINSKI belongs to MLC,
chorus, Science Club, Student Council,
Girls� Leader Corps and College Bowl.
This year Christine was president of
Y-teens, editor-in-chief of the
yearbook, and vice-president of NHS. She
has played volleyball since 10th grade
and golf since 9th grade. She was Mt.
Penn�s Junior Miss, a participant in
Hugh O�Brien�s Leadership Seminar, and
finally, a Merit Scholarship commended
student. Christine will attend
Elizabethtown College and major in
is a member of the Science Club,
Y-teens, and the German Club. In her
junior year, she was treasurer of the
Science Club, and this year she is
president of the German Club. Leann also
played field hockey since her freshman
year. Leann will attend Juniata College,
where she received a $2000 scholarship.
is a memoer of Y-teens, Girls� Leader
Corps, NHS and Penn Alma. Karen has
played field hockey since 9th grade.
This year, Karen was co-captain of the
cheerleading squad, to which she has
belonged since 9th grade. Karen plans to
attend Bloomsburg University where she
will major in nursing.
belongs to Boys� Leader Corps, Science
Club, College Bowl and NHS. This year,
Steve was president of United Nations.
He has also played golf since 9th grade
and basketball in 9th, 10th and 12th.
Steve has won the Optimist Oratory
Contest and received an American Legion
Award and a citation from the
Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Steve will be majoring in political
science at the University
is a member of College Bowl and band,
where he plays the trumbone. He is
president of the NHS, treasurer of the
Science Club and secretary of the United
Nations. Jason plans to go to Lehigh
University and major in engineering. He
has received a $1,000 scholarship from
1-lorrigan American, Inc.
plays the flute for the band, is a
member of Y-teens, Science Club, chorus,
and NHS. Elizabeth played volleyball her
junior and senior years. Her future
includes going to Lebanon Valley College
where she will major in psycho-biology.
Elizabeth received a $3,000 United
Methodist Bicentennial Scholarship.
is president of the Student Council,
vice-president of NHS, and a member of
Y-teens and Girls� Leader Corps. Suzanna
has won honorable mention for both the
Women in History Billboard Contest and
the Woman�s Club Art Com�petition. She
placed 1st in both the National Science
Olympiad and the PA Mathematics League
Contest. This year Suzanna received
National Merit Science Awards in
biology, chemistry, and physics, and a
certificate of merit for high
performance on her SAT�s. Suzanna will
attend the University of Virginia and
major in architecture.
commencement exercises for the Mount Penn High
School Class of 1986 will be held June 12.
Pace, class president, will welcome
secretary, will give the invocation;
Randy Boyer, vice-president, will
give the benediction.
The theme will be �Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.� The
speakers will include
valedictorian, whose speech is entitled, �Today is
the Beginning, Not the End.�
Leann Deisher will speak on �All
Experience is an Arch to Build Upon,� and
Elizabeth Rosser will speak on
Mr. Frank Orlando,
high school principal, will present the graduates as
they receive their diplomas from Dr. Horace
F. Darlington Jr., superintendent, and Al Worrall,
president of Antietam Board of Education.
�Pomp and Circumstances� will be played by the MPHS
band to welcome the soon-to-be-graduated seniors.
The band will also play �Where No Man Has Gone
There will also be a slide presentation entitled That�s
What Friends Are For.� The vocals will be
Cathy Ketcher and
Barbara Yerger on the piano.
The graduation ceremony will end with the recessional �Ticino.�
Drunk driving, a cause of many teenage deaths, is one
of the greatest fears now that graduation day and
prom night are approaching. Many of the major
television networks are promoting commercials that
try to convince students to play it safe and party
sober, but many people still fear losing a loved one
and some will.
Party Sober �86 is one of the promotions aimed at
making these celebrations safer. The Penn Post would
like to support this statement, wishing everyone
involved, especially the Class of �86, a great and
memorable graduation, but most of all, we want you
to make it a safe one.
This year at Mt. Penn finals were held on June 3, 4, 5,
6. The finals consisted of information learned
throughout the whole year. If you didn�t save any
material, you were in trouble, unless you have a
computer-like-mind. But not to worry, what�s done is
done, but here is a tip for next year. Before school
begins, get a small cardboard filing cabinet that
can fit anywhere. Then, during the school year when
you receive anything important, put it in the filing
cabinet. By the time finals come around, you�ll feel
really good that you saved everything and were so
organized. It will also make studying a lot easier.
- Pam Tucci
HANDS ACROSS AMERICA
Last year the big event was USA for Africa, along with
Live Aid. This year it is Hands Across America. More
than 5 million peopled linked hands across all the
U.S. for 15 minutes on Sunday, May 25. At least $50
million dollars was raised to combat hunger and to
help the homeless in America. Participants paid $10
or more just to get a space in the line going
through at least 16 states.
There were some concerns about extensive heat in
regions such as Texas, New Mexico, Arizona. No
serious health problems, however, were reported.
The gaps between hands were filled with ribbons,
banners, and even cars. Some of the major cities
that were included were Chicago, Los Angeles, New
York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Dallas,
Memphis, and Cleveland. President and Mrs. Reagan
also participated in Washington, D.C.
- Kristen Pfahl
LOOKING FORWARD TO
It seems strange to me that if I count the number of
school days remaining in this year, and add 180 to
that number, I�ll have the number of school days
remaining until I graduate. That day is less than
200 days away.
It�s hard to believe it�s so close because I�ve been
waiting for the past twelve years of my life to be a
I feel that next year will be a challenge to my friends
and me. There will be many decisions to make, some
major, some minor. There will also be many deadlines
It will also be a year of fun, because we�ll be at the
top of MPHS - we�ll rule the school! What could be
more fun than that except for not being in school at
Yes, Senior year is upon us. It will be a year filled
with hard work and fun. It will be the year that
we�ll never forget.
- Nancy Snyder
CLASS OF '86
Hershey Park. . . food fights in cafe. .
.class picnic. . . �Stan, please come to
the office" . . . air-conditioned pods.
. . Mr. Leinbach�s ferd�s. . . Donkey
basketball. . . Mr. Himmelberger. . .
study halls. . . lowa Tests. . . "Open
your test booklets and read the
directions silently while I read them
aloud". . . Bierly Burgers. . .
ping-pong tournaments. . . making
commercials. . . The last 8th grade
class at the middle school. . . Mr.
Wheeler�s films. . . foldies. . . making
roses for Valentine�s Day. . . Mr.
Bierly. . . bars at recess. . . clubs. .
. the haunted hall. . . Christmas dance
with �real food�. . . Mary Dolciani�s
9th grade: First time in
high school. . . Me bottles. . . being
lost. . . Mrs. Haag�s Opportunity class.
. . Geiger�s lab room flood by EKP. . .
Y-teens initiation. . . 1st �real�
sports. . . open lunch. . . foreign
languages. . . jump rope-a-thon. . .
warming b-ball bench. . . finals. . .
fun day at A-field. . . an uncooperative
typewriter. . . difficult lockers.
10th grade: dissecting
frogs in biology. . . Mrs. Thomas 1st
year of hockey. . . class rings. . . the
beginning with Mr. Zuber. . . going to
Vo-tech. . . the fashion show. . .
cheerleading. . . hockey party. . . Mr.
Choyka�s laugh. . . Great Adventure with
Girls� Leader Corps.
11th grade: Mr. Choyka�s
history class. . . Miss Brobst�s science
class. . . slave auction. . . getting
lost in Vermont with Nelson. . .
France/Spain. . . Mao�s funky film. . .
Varsity basketball 3rd place in district
3. . . dance marathon. . . special
olympics. . . Spanky�s bandwagon begun.
. . hoop-hop. . . Girls� Division 1
Bowling Champs. . . rafting. . . fire
extinguisher battles. . . swimming in
gym class. . . senior class picture at
French Creek. . . Chink shop. . . Bio
trips. . . almost there!
12th grade: stupid
lockers. . . M & M sale. . . the
yearbook. . . Hawaiian Luau. . .
Home-coming. . . egg babies. . . word of
the day. . . Variety show. . . 1st
period gym class. . . Gummy-Baer
syndrome. . . Mr. Dengler�s �editorial�.
. . McDonald�s with A & P. . . varsity
basketball team tied for Division 1
champ. . . ski trip. . . sophomore
invasion. . . the dilapidated building.
. . marching band. . . beating Central
in hockey. . . senior knock off day. . .
Prom at the Sheraton. . . class trip to
Virginia. . . �Are you doing what you�re
supposed to be doing?". . . First Boy�s
bowling team goes over .500 (25-19). . .
the �Golden Pass". . . a lost snake. . .
Physics trip to Penn State. . . being
happy. . . it�s finally over, but
missing everyone already.
- Pam Tucci
For the past
three years I have had a pen-pal in
Spain, and it�s been a very enjoyable
and educational experience for both of
us. She has taught me about what her
life as a teenager in Spain is like.
I�ve learned about customs that are
similar yet different to American ones.
One of these happens on New Year�s Eve.
During the last twelve seconds of the
year, my pen-pal and her friends try to
eat twelve grapes, one for each second
left in the year. Most people don�t
finish their grapes, though, because
they are laughing too hard.
She also helps me with my Spanish, telling me how to
say certain words and phrases. She�s
sent me Spanish recipes, which is nice
except that the measurements are in the
metric system so I have to convert them.
Usually pen-pals in different countries only write once
or twice a month because of the time it
takes to mail the letter, and also
because there�s so much to say! Anyone
who enjoys making new friends would
probably enjoy having a pen-friend in
another country. To get a foreign
pen-pal, speak to the foreign language
teachers in your school. They can give
you the address of the International
Youth Service in Finland, who will send
you the name and address of a person
they feel is suited to you.
-- Nancy Snyder
The class of 1986 took their Senior
Class Trip at Wintergreen Resort in
Virginia. It was a three day, two night
excursion which included horseback
riding, golf, pool facilities, a
barbeque held at Road�s Farm Inn, and a
luxirious condo complete with kitchen,
fireplace and multiple bedrooms.
Volume XXIX, Edition 8
Penn Post is
published 8 times per year by the
Journalism Class of Mt. Penn
Junior/Senior High School.
Our Vo-Tech Student for this issue,
Sue Klempke, recently received
the HOSA Outstanding Senior Award, which
includes a $50 Savings Bond. Sue is in the
Health Assistants program at Vo-Tech East. She
is so skilled in her area that she recently
placed first in ftc HOSA State Competition in
Medical Assistant Clinical Work. She will now
compete on a national level in Philadelphia in
July. The skills she is tested on include finger
puncturing, white and red blond dilution, white
blood count, hernocrat, Wright stain, EKG,
positioning a person, autoclaver, identifying
instruments, and urinalysis.
Sue�s hobbies are horseback riding, swimming, and being
with her friends.
Sue is planning to work at the Beverly Manor Nursing
Home. Her hopes for the future include becoming
a registered nurse.
ANOTHER MPHS SUCCESS STORY
Andrea Kane, a former student at Mt. Penn,
recently received recognition for her work in
dance. She has traveled this year with the
Bennington Dance Tour, which she was responsible
for organizing. The Tour took Andrea and 7 other
students to Connecticut, New York,
Massachusetts, New jersey, and Washington, D.C.,
performing scenes in the style of Peking opera.
Andrea�s dance training began here in Berks County at
the Wyomissing institute of Fine Arts and later
she worked with
Carol Ennis. This year she studied with Ye Shoo-Lan,
a well-known actor from Beijing.
Andrea�s other talents include playing piano, guitar,
and writing her own musical compositions. She
performs with a recorder ensemble at Bennington,
a Renaissance music group, and with the
Bennington Community Players.
Andrea will graduate from Bennington College, Vermont
this month. She is considering going to China to
is the last Male Senior of the Issue. Barclay is
in Vo-Tech which makes him not as well known
with some of our teachers.
Barclay is very active in the sports here at Mount
Penn. He has participated in soccer in all of
his four years as a high school student. He also
played volleyball his last two years at Mount
Penn. In his spare time, Barclay enjoys spending
time with Amy, Todd, Sean, and Chris. He also
enjoys motorcycle riding and cars.
After graduation, Barclay plans to get into the
machinist toolmaker trade.
Vice President - Cherisse Conlon
Secretary - Becky Shaeff
Treasurer - Cindy jurasinski
1987 Class Officers
President - Nick Baer
Vice President - John Henry
Treasurer - Kim Steiger
Secretary - Cherisse Conlon
1988 Class Officers
President - Charles Truckermiller
Vice President - Todd Boyer
Secretary - Joy Christman
Treasurer - Cindy Jurasinski
STUDENT COUNCIL OFFICERS
(Food Preparation) Schuylkill Valley Rest. Assn.
- Dinner, Trophy.
(Food Preparation) Byron Keller Award - Plaque,
$50 Savings Bond.
(Health Assistant) Outstanding Senior - $50
(Welding) - American Welding Society - Plaque.
Marta Weitz, the senior class
clown, is the month�s Senior of the Issue. You
should know Marta because she tries to make it a
point to meet everyone and be friendly with all.
If you�d like to find Marta around school check
with the Modern Language Club, of which she is
president, Girl�s Leader Corps, Y-teens, or FBLA.
In her spare time, Marta enjoys talking on the phone,
jogging, and eating peanut butter swirl ice
cream. She works at Brooks at the mall, and she
also works on the Words of the Day in her
homeroom. She says that Homeroom 301 is her
favorite class during the day.
After graduation, Marta will be attending West Chester
studying Business Management and Administration.
then like to attend the Fashion lnstitute of
technology in New York, studying retail
management and fashion merchandising. Then she
says she will be ready to have a real life.
newly elected National Honor Society and
National Junior Honor Society members were
inducted on Tuesday, May 20. In order to be
elected to NHS, a student must show the
qualities of character, leadership, service, and
scholarship. Citizenship is added to these
qualities for members of NJHS.
Class of 1986
Class of 1990
Class of 1991
Class of 1987
We, the Class of 1986 of Mt.
Penn High School, being of sound mind and body, do
make, publish, and declare this our Last Will and
Testament. We hereby bequeath the following:
Audrey Acker leaves her little brother Stacey
her intelligence, good looks, wonderful personality,
wrestling ability, and her car.
Sherri Becker leaves her bathroom privileges
to Mr. Strickler.
Dave Blose leaves to anyone who wants it, his
music talent, charm and personality.
Brett Bowers leaves Jason Miller his air
jordans and basketball savy.
Randy Boyer leaves Dave Rogers and Steve
Monroe the key to Mr. Groff�s heart.
Jodi Brigel leaves Marla Schnee her sense of
Mala Carvalho leaves the underclassmen the
hope that they will never have to hear �life isn�t
fair� or �we�re preparing you for college.�
Diane Churan leaves Amy Miller all the skills
and patience necessary to make next year�s
basketball season the best ever.
Kelly Clark and Chrissie Cunnuis leave
Mr. Minter a year�s supply of homemade chocolate
Wendy Crow leaves Pam Tucci a chance to get
Christine Cunnius leaves Mr. Minter all the
pictures of the sharks that she made in �his�
Lori Czarnecki leaves her sister Cathy luck
and happiness through her last 4 years at MPHS.
Leann Deisher leaves Adam, Brad, and Jim a
permanent late pass after lunch.
Karen Denby leaves Dan Hafetz a real laugh.
Kathy Ford leaves Tonya Sload her great
Sally Ford leaves Deb Albrecht the
opportunity to improve upon her shadow.
Sean Gimeno leaves Steve Monroe his agile
Heather Hill leaves Leah and Mindy Hill two
Julie Horst leavers her brother Richard her
good grades in history.
Julie Hyman leaves Miss Luchenbach permission
to sail around the world, then go to Law school.
Christine Jurasinski leaves Cindy all of her
48 lates, two years at MPHS without being a twin,
and the luxury of studying without humorous
Brendan Kane leaves Sandy Horning anything
she wants that is in his power to give.
Beverly Kercher leaves to next year�s seniors
a school that�s in perfect condition and all the
luck they need.
Catherine Ketcher leaves her brother the car.
Beth Klempke leaves Mr. Fegley a life time
supply of cowboy boots.
Steve Kunkel leaves Marc Goldstein his spot
on the bench.
Thanh Lieu leaves to Mr. Messner a real
Lojec leaves Traci DeCarlo a different pair of
sunglasses for each day.
Chris Malinowski leaves Mark Leffler his ability
to choke in all future bowling tournaments.
Darren Max leaves Tonya Sload his great
intelligence and wisdom.
Sheila Mervine leaves Mr. Strickler a new tie
Jason Miller leaves Joelle his car payments.
Leon Pace leaves Rebecca Laine Shaeff his
perverse sense of humor.
Jeff Petersen leaves Cherisse Conlon all of
the wonderful memories they shared.
Ryan Petersen and Erich Pfahl leave
Mr. Choyka �a couple of things.�
Susan Pieja leaves to Mr. Choyka a life time
subscription to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Suzanna Post leaves Alan Siekerski the
ability to make it to vo-tech.
Joe Richards leaves his late passes to Mr.
Cori Roboski leaves Mrs. Ettele memories of a
wonderful, �mature homeroom.�
Elizabeth Rosser leaves Mr. Ranck a book of
Final Jeopardy questions.
Missy Ryan leaves Mr. Ruch a chorus that
knows how to sing, but not talk.
Laura Schnader leaves Mrs. Ettele her wedding
invitation and a bottomless barrel of laughs.
Steph Shaeff leaves Becky Shaeff the
privilege of not sharing the car during her senior
Ron Slutsky leaves Debbie Albrecht his jump
Melinda Snyder leaves her sister Jodi good
luck and much success in the future.
Evan Spohn leaves the sophomores the ability
to become as good as they think they are.
Vicky Vinchofsky leaves Steph the ability to
go through 3 more years of school without having any
teachers compare them.
Todd Weikel leaves all senior privileges to
Marta Weitz leaves Mrs. Ettele a new pickle
and a life time supply of the �word of the day.�
Lisa Westervelt leaves her niece Brittany and
her little sister Ralin all her love and best wishes
for a happy future.
Barclay Wilson leaves Chris lots of luck in
getting through 4 years of high school.
Barbara Yerger leaves Marsha her piano
talent, her ambitions throughout life, the ability
to talk as much as she does, and the ability to be
as lazy as she is.
Steve, Brendan, Christine, Jason leave Kevin
Krick their college bowl prowess.
Homeroom 207 leaves Mr. Strickler the challenge of
finding another homeroom as great as the one he has
had for the last 4 years, although they know this is
MAKE FUTURE PLANS
University of Dayton
Rochester Institute of Technology
Lebanon Valley College
Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science
communications and design
Penn State University (Berks)
American Culinary Institute
Penn State University
Mt. St. Mary�s College
Bloomsburg State College
Work with children
Mt. St. Mary�s College
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
Northampton Area County Community College
pilot for NASA
University of Virginia
Penn State (Berks)
business/commerce & engineering
Penn State University
computer science/electrical engineering
Mitchell Junior College
University of Pittsburgh
United States Marine Corps
Reading-Muhlenberg Vo-tech�s LPN-program
University of Virginia architecture
West Chester University
Lebanon Valley College
Penn State (UP)
Delaware Valley College
Penn State (UP)
Lehigh County Community College
indoor environmental technology
have had senioritis
since the fall of 9th grade
have 4 home cc or shop classes per day
get by with as little work as possible
write 1 term paper in their senior year
take books home but never open one
do last night�s homework in A.M. homeroom
hear, but never listen
demand respect from underclassmen
go out with sophomores
are on a first name basis with teachers
come to school at 10:59
go out for lunch and don�t come back
never make it to class before the last bell
think the school day ends at 7:55 A.M.
use up their 4 days each quarter
are late for homeroom
go to the bathroom every period
use up all their college visits even if they aren�t planning to
don�t run to the A-field
don�t take gym first period
don�t get caught while eating M & M�s
don�t make up a test the first day after an absence
don�t hand in their M & M money
don�t need to brown nose
don�t give new teachers a chance
don�t wear socks
wear Jams regardless of what the calendar says
don�t tie their shoes
don�t wear polyester
wear what they want to when they want to
know how to have fun
participate in gym class
eat green M & M�s
have school spirit
get passing grades
are able to get along with others
are ready to go out in
the world and make something of themselves
are people who strive to make dreams come true
REAL SENIORS will be MISSED by the FACULTY and
- Sandy Horning
Our seniors have so far
received more than $36,000 in
scholarships and grants. The following
have been awarded on a per year basis:
University of Dayton
Lebanon Valley College
Mt. St. Mary's College
Mt. St. Mary's College
University of Rochester
Penn State University
Thursday, May 29, 1986
Judy Yoder Memorial
Class of 1968 Award
Meridian Bank Award ($50
E Series Bond)
Class of 1956 Award
Antietam Lions Club-Earl
Yost Award ($50)
Mt. Penn Senior Woman's
Club Award ($200)
The Gerald K. Romich Art
Historical Society of
Berks County (certificate)
Susan Rischeill Crow
Berks County Bankers
Assoc. ($50 Series E Bond)
Penn Alsace Award ($50
Roscoe H. Ward Memorial
American Assoc. of Univ.
Mt. Penn Rotary Club
Mt. Penn Junior Woman's
Mt. Penn Elementary ($50
Bausch and Lomb Science
I Dare You Award
Biology Award ($10)
J. Lloyd Sharetts
Memorial Award ($10)
Physics Award ($10)
Nevin S. Matz Mathematics
Girls' Leader Corps Award
TWEAD Public School
Retired Employees Assoc. ($50)
AEA Scholarship Award
Principal's Award ($25)
Pratt Award for
TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Future Teachers of
National Honor Society
National Junior Honor
On May 1, 1986, AT&T held their annual Student
Engineering Fair. Twelve groups of students from
Holy Name, Mt. Penn, and Kutztown High School
participated. The students from Mt. Penn were those
students in the fourth and fifth period physics
class. They were encouraged to participate by Miss
Luckenbach. The students had to select a project,
build it, and write a report about it. Each group
had an advisor from AT&T to help them.
The main requirement for the project was that it had to
do with engineering. The projects covered many areas
such as fiberoptics, solar power, toxic waste and
compressed air. Each group had approximately two
months to do the projects.
On April 29th the students were given two hours at AT&T
to set up their projects. Then, on May 1st, the
awards were distributed. Holy Name took first and
second place with projects about toxic waste
disposal and fiberoptics, and Kutztown placed third
with an electromagnetic transporter. One of Mt. Penn
groups placed fourth, and another placed sixth with
projects on fiberoptics and solar power. Each group
received a plaque with the name of the project and
the names of the students involved in it. The
students also received ribbons and certificates.
The Engineering Fair was a good learning experience for
everyone involved. The students learned about
engineering and about working as a team to achieve a
- Nancy Snyder
sure what to expect or how to act. I didn�t know how
I would handle a group of teenagers for 45 minutes.
Those were the feelings I had before I experienced
student teaching. Now, on the last of my two days of
teaching, I can honestly say it was a worthwhile
Student teaching doesn�t give all of the true aspects
of teaching, but it allowed me to experience a few.
These aspects included the student-teacher
relationships, the covering of certain material, and
the preparation needed to cover the material. I now
have a better understanding and appreciation for
those involved in the teaching profession because of
student teaching. This experience gave me a chance
to be on the other side of the fence as a teacher
rather than a student.
- Cindy Jurasinski
grade English teacher, Mrs. LaPorte, is leaving us
at the end of this year. She is retiring after 21
years of devoted teaching in the Antietam School
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Mrs.
LaPorte has taught reading and speech classes here,
as well as 7th and 8th grade English. Prior to
teaching here, she did some substituting in both
Exeter and Antietam School Districts. Mrs. LaPorte
will be remembered for her exciting grammar lessons,
her word games, her required speeches, and those
As a former student of hers, I am grateful for her
tenacious desire to keep me from saying things like
�Ain�t it nice that he don�t bother me no more.�
Mrs. LaPorte, you will be missed.
Wednesday, May 21, Mt. Penn High School held its
annual Spring Concert. Performing for the high
school were the junior high chorus, senior high
chorus, senior high band, and the band front. Also
performing were the elementary school band and
sang �Heart of My Heart� as a duet, accompanied by
Barbara Yerger on the piano. Barbara
and Marsha Yerger performed �Clap It Boogie� on the
One of the highlights of the program was the senior
high band playing �Bobby Sox Saturday Night� while
wearing sun glasses. Another highlight was the
band-front marching out in their new uniforms,
followed by everyone�s standing and singing �The
Star Spangled Banner.�
This was the last time our seniors will perform with
the band. The senior members of band and chorus are
- Kristen Pfahl
there will be quite a few changes. In the area of
teachers we will have two new teachers and one new
one for half the year. Mr. Segro will be taking a
sabbatical for the second semester again. Mrs.
Thomas will be leaving us to go to Conrad Weiser and
Mrs. LaPorte will be retiring at the end of this
school year. Mrs. LaPorte will be replaced by a
French and English teacher.
The school will also be starting some trimesters next
year. One trimester will last for twelve weeks while
one quarter is only for nine weeks. Next year�s
eighth graders will have to take one trimester of
each language, German, French and Spanish.
Trimesters will be used in some other rotations.
There will be a greater availability of the library for
the class use, also an elective physical education.
Two classes are required but a student can take if
he wants five classes of gym. There will also be two
sections of Trigonometry.
Another school year is gradually drawing
to a close and most of you have earned
that long-awaited hiatus (vacation) from
school while others must face the dismal
prospect of attending summer school. As
far as the premise of summer school is
concerned I can only ask WHY when it was
only necessary for you to utilize your
God-given ability in order to
successfully pass every course in which
you were enrolled.
It�s easy to conjure up excuses as to why you didn�t
pass every class and thereby not attain
promotion. The most common are "the
teacher doesn�t like me� or �I didn�t
understand the information� when you
didn�t bother to ask for extra help or
�why bother to work when I can spend six
weeks in summer school and get credit
for a whole year of school." All other
excuses aside, the bottom line reads
LAZINESS in capital letters as the major
reason you didn�t pass English or
history or science or phys. ed. Why ruin
a hard-earned vacation simply as a
result of laziness and are now
confronted with six weeks of summer
school or worse when there�s no
possibility of your being promoted
because, after all, summer school
attendance is not a guarantee you will
To conclude, I wish all of you a happy and safe summer
while to other members of the student
body I can only state that it�s a shame
you cannot enjoy the entire summer when
faced with the tedium and the monotony
of summer school attendance.
Seniors: good luck and a temporary farewell. We hope
that you put to good use what you have
learned at Mount Penn and remind you
that we are always available if you need
any additional help to succeed in your
This year�s sport�s banquet was held Friday, May 30, in
the Mt. Penn High School
The 1985 recipients o the Outstanding Athlete were
The Gerald K. Romich Award, which is presented to a
student who participates
in sports and does the
best with his or her
ability, was received by
were presented with the
receiving a plaque.
Their names will also be
placed in a plaque in
The Robert L. Romanski Memorial Award, which is
presented by the Lower
Alsace Fire Company
Social Club to the
Outstanding Varsity Boys
Basketball player who
academically, was given
He will receive a $50
Award and he will get
his name on a plaque
that will remain in the
The Penn Post newspaper was entered in the American
Review Press Associations Annual Review
and Contest Awards for the 1985-86
school year. This review scales the
newspapers of certain schools on six
different catagories, which include the
following: content coverage, general
plan, page design, editing, art, and
creativity. Each catagory is able to
obtain a certain number of points which,
as a grand total, adds up to 1000.
This year, the Penn Post received an award of second
place. In comparison to last year�s
entry, the newspaper�s rating were up in
four catagories, however, the overall
rating dropped twenty-five points from
last year�s first place award. Some
suggestions were given by the judges to
take into consideration for next year�s
- Cindy Jurasinski
As many of you may already know, Mount
Penn�s athletes will now be allowed to
participate in sports that we do not
sponsor such as: football, wrestling,
cross country and track at Muhlenberg.
This choice should benefit both schools,
allowing Mt. Penn students to perform
their athletic abilities in sports in
which they would not normally have the
chance to, and possibly giving a boost
to the Muhlcnberg sports program. The
choice of Muhlenberg was arrived at
after much consideration of other school
districts, and this should be a
successful operation for all those
- Kerry Motze
On August 11, a new season of hockey will begin. As a
reminder to all in-coming hockey players - COME IN
SHAPE. It might be a slight inconvenience to take an
hour of your summer day to follow your conditioning
sheets, but it will be worth it. Instead of leaving
practice sick, you'll feel really good.
We want to make our hockey team the best ever, so get
in shape for a fun and exciting season.
- Pat Tucci
Recently ten members of both the Boys and Girls Leader
Corps departed to help some very special children
participate in the Special Olympics. The students
were each responsible for one child, and were to
make sure that he got to and participated in each of
his events as scheduled. The weather appeared as if
it may put a damper on this special day, but the
rain held off and the day turned out to be a
smashing success. Many of the people who
participated in this activity said that they enjoyed
it thoroughly and are looking forward to working
with these great children next year.
- Kerry Motze
The Mounts suffered some extremely tough losses to some
excellent teams this season. In the first half of
the season the Mounts lost to this year�s county
champs Wyomissing, and then to Governor Mifflin,
Wilson, and Exeter. Their two wins were against
Conrad Weiser and Reading High.
The Mounts had expectations of being in fourth place
but Exeter dealt the Mounts a tough loss with only
one Mount to win a match that day. The top three
teams were �untouchables,� having so much talent and
The Mounts then began the second half of the season
like the first half of the season: they fell to
Wyomissing, Governor Mifflin, and Wilson. They also
defeated Reading High and Conrad Weiser again,
leaving them with one match left-Exeter. A win at
Exeter would tie the Mounts for fourth place, but
the Mounts could only pull off two victories and
they finished with a 4-8 record.
Miss Schwarr has optimism for next year with all of her
players returing. This year was basically a
rebuilding year, and the players did gain much more
experience which should be the key to success in the
- Dan Hafetz
Prom was held on Friday, June 6th at the Berkshire
Sheraton. It was held from 6:30 to 11:00 P.M. There
were two choices for dinner, Filet Mignon and
Lobster. The entertainment was music by Presence.